NB2947 : Whalebone arch Lakefield House by A858 Bragar

near to Bragar, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Great Britain

Whalebone arch Lakefield House by A858 Bragar
Whalebone arch Lakefield House by A858 Bragar
The village Postmaster and general merchant, Murdo Morrison decided the lower mandible of the 82 foot long blue whale that drifted into Geodha nam Muc in 1920 would make an ideal arch over his gateway. The death dealing harpoon was also brought out to serve as a centrepiece. The jaws measure 25 feet each and weight about 4 tons. The height at the apex of the Arch is approximately 20 feet. The arch was Category B listed by Historic Scotland in 1978. Refurbishment was carried out in 2000 by Long Island Thermal Insulation Co in Newmarket near Stornoway where they were encased in 12mm of fibreglass protective coating and the damaged areas build up to the original shape using isopon filler. The harpoon was also shot blasted, repaired and coated but the steelwork holding the sections together at the apex was too badly corroded and had to be replaced.
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Wednesday, 13 June, 2012   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 29 July, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NB 29170 47726 [1m precision]
WGS84: 58:20.0490N 6:37.7307W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NB 29233 47729
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